Combinations of cancer drugs can be quickly and cheaply tested on tumour cells using a novel device developed by EMBL scientists. The research, reported in Nature Communications on June 22, marks the latest advancement in the field of personalised...
Roger HighfieldDirectly testing multiple cancer drugs on biopsies - parts of the tumour which have been taken from a patient - is a powerful way to discover which drugs work best, and for whom
Engineered strains of E. coli and other microbes are being tested in humans to combat a slew of illnesses.
Roger HighfieldCompanies are testing whether engineered bacteria can treat conditions that affect the brain, liver and other organs. But questions remain about whether microbes’ ability to share DNA with one another will create long-term safety risks
To understand the biology of diseased organs researchers can use different types of molecular data.
One of the biggest computational challenges at the moment is integrating these multiple data types.
A new computational method jointly analyses...
As walking, talking mammals, humans sit atop of the evolutionary ladder. But would life be better with emu legs, frog skin and a dog’s heart? Anatomist Alice Roberts explains to RT her far-out quest for the ‘perfect human body’.
Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldn't stick out their...
Roger HighfieldImportant Question of the Day. Could T rex stick out its tongue?
It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether it's the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people...
Roger Highfield"Our research shows that people's sense of perfection is surprisingly modest"
The World Desertification Atlas by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures.
Roger HighfieldNew World Atlas of Desertification: over 75% of the Earth's land area is already degraded, and over 90% could become degraded by 2050
A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University has brought science one step closer to a molecular-level...
Roger HighfieldResearchers engineer bacteria to exhibit stochastic Turing patterns that, paradoxically, are stabilized by noise